Sandy Sues to Keep Pay Records Private

Sandy Sues to Keep Pay Records Private

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SANDY, Utah (AP) -- The City of Sandy has filed a lawsuit to keep bonuses and overtime paid to police officers and firefighters private.

The city filed its lawsuit in Third District Court yesterday, appealing a decision by the State Records Committee.

The committee decided last month the city had to release the information to The Salt Lake Tribune. But city attorneys contend while the total compensation is a public record under state law, individual categories -- such as bonuses -- are protected as personal financial records.

But Tribune attorney, Mike O'Brien, disagrees. He says, "If the whole of the parts is a public record, then the various parts are public, too."

The Tribune requested similar data from every city in Salt Lake County. Sandy is the only one that argued the information is NOT a public record.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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